Kayenta Connection Newsletter • July 2017

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A little Groovin’ and a little laughing is in order this month with 2 Kayenta Arts Foundation events. On July 1st, right here in Kayenta we will have an Opera ~ and its in English and its a comedy. A not to miss event with 2 performances to choose from. Then find those dancing shoes and don’t worry about the heat as this “Retro” fundraising event on July 29th will be inside in the NEW Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Cost will be $15 dollars at the door and anyone 21 and over wanting to have a little summer fun and support our new CFTA is invited. You can find more details below.

Also this month, Good Medicine Beauty Lab is hosting their semi-annual sale July 5 – 10 with 40% Off Everything. Petite Feast Supper Club’s next dinner is scheduled for July 23rd. These dinners have been selling out so reserve your place at the table as soon as possible.

Happy July from the Kayenta Connection.

Kayenta Art FoundationKayenta Homes & PropertiesThe Kayenta Community

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Commnity AdvocatesOngoing Events & Activities • Submissions


~Reprinted in part from the Ivins City Newsletter, July 2017

Summer temperatures are rising and the risk potential for wildfires are increasing. We have already seen neighboring communities experience wildfires. A large portion of the Ivins City community is categorized as high risk hazard according the Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division. This risk potential requires us as a community to take responsible steps in ensuring the safety of our citizens. Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage nationwide.  One of our high activity resorts within the community, Fire Lake Park, has a high volume attendance during the summer months, and is part of our high hazard areas. As a fire department, we have some guidelines and recommendations to make sure our threats are minimized.

Absolutely, NO FIREWORKS or BONFIRES, are allowed in these high risk areas. Although we allow the restricted use of gas BBQ’s, our recommendation is they are at least 50 feet from any combustion materials or vegetation. Make sure that your grill is clean, failure to clean the grill is one of the leading factors contributing to fires. Keep all combustible materials away from the grill and check for leaks before using. No fire pits, charcoal BBQ’s, or open flame fires are allowed in the park. Please, be responsible and adhere to posted signage. Have a safe summer.

Chief Brad Hannig of Ivins City Fire and Rescue has prepared a “Safety Bulletin” for Kayenta. Click HERE to download this bulletin which focus on preventive measures for Kayenta Homes based on their susceptibility to damage from wildland fires.
July 4th

If you enjoy fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations, the City of St. George has planned events beginning at 6:30 am and concluding with a Fireworks display at 10 pm. Visit https: www.sgcity.org/sportsandrecreation/allartsandrecreation/independence for a list of all planned activities.



Kayenta Arts Foundation

Kayenta Arts Foundation Upcoming Events

For more information on these events visit www.kayentaartsfoundation.org. Check out our Facebook Page: “Kayenta Art Scene” www.facebook.com/Kayentaartscene. Suggestions? Comments? Want to be added to our email list? Contact us at kayentaartsfoundation@gmail.org.

Groove On • Retro Dance Party
July 29th,  7:30 – 11 pm

Join the fun and dress to impress in your favorite retro attire or just come as you are! A fundraiser for the Center for the Arts at Kayenta – Theater Outfitting Campaign. Silent Auction, Games, Beer, Wine and Snacks for purchase. Of course, dancing to your favorite reto hits! $15 suggested donation at the door. 21 and over event. Doors open at 7:30 pm – 11:00pm.  kayentaartsfoundation.org

AGroove On Retro Dance Party

The Old Maid and the Thief & The Telephone
July 1st, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Center for the Arts Studio

Get ready for an afternoon or evening of fun and laughs with these two witty and hilarious operas by Menotti. One where gossip, theft, vagabonds and more abound in what is thought to be a quiet town, and another an opera about a cell-phone-obsessed lady and her love.

The Old Maid and the Thief


June 17, 2017

“We put our water behind a creosote bush to keep it cool while we hiked. But on the way back, all creosotes look the same….”

Ten storytellers took the stage at the Center for the Arts Saturday, June 17th, to tell true stories of things lost and found.

They entertained the sellout crowd with tales of an Arctic expedition gone wrong, a lost Egyptian wanderer, a missing cell phone, a young career woman finding herself in Vegas, and many more. The premier, open-mic storytelling effort was the first in a planned series of Coyote Tales storytelling events. Coyote Tales was started by Victoria Topham at the monthly dinner club she hosts. The concept was inspired by popular radio programs like, The Moth, Snap Judgment and This American Life. The dinner club event was so well received, she approached the KAF to sponsor and present a series of storytelling events at the new Center. The goal of each event is to foster community spirit through the telling of well-crafted stories. While the evening’s stories are timed (5 minutes or less), Topham stresses that the events are intended to be about the shared connection between the teller and the audience. The stage is a no-pressure arena to celebrate our diversity, our community and our experiences. In fact, many audience members left the event feeling like they know their neighbors a little bit better now!

Doug Caputo hosted event as the self-proclaimed “Master of Sharemonies” and guided it with charm and expertise. The audience was even treated to Doug’s own mafia-esque lost and found tale. Another high point of the evening was the party atmosphere created by Major Tom and the Pine Mountain Boys. Bluegrass music and entertainment couldn’t get any better.

Gulch Design Group and Petite Feast hosted a pre-event cocktail party for ticket holders which allowed storytellers and audience members to meet. Desert Dew Drops provided beautiful container garden centerpieces for the festivities. One storyteller noted that the party provided Victoria with the one last opportunity to “strong arm” a few more attendees into putting their name in the hat to get on stage! A wonderful evening was had by all.Coytote Tales

KAF and the Coyote Tales website will be announcing future dates and themes for upcoming events. So get ready to tell (and hear) some great stories!

Check us out at: coyotetales.kayentaartsfoundation.org

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Kayenta Homes & Properties

We are here to help with all your Kayenta real estate needs. For an update of our current listing please visit our website at kayentahomes.com.

Thanks, Jeff, Kurt and Nancy

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Kurt VanLeeuwen, Sales Agent
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
435-628-7234 • www.kayentahomes.com

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Good Medicine Beauty Lab

Good Medicine Beauty Lab

Semi-Annual Warehouse Sale
July 5 – 10, 10:30 am – 4 pm

Come meet the women of Good Medicine Beauty Lab at their semi-annual Warehouse Sale in the Kayenta Art Village. Good Medicine is the latest addition to Kayenta’s art village and brags an abundance of wildcrafted organic skincare and spa products. These women harvest the nutrient-rich botanicals that grace our desert home and bottle them with love. The lab opens it doors to the public twice a year offering their customers 40% off absolutely everything.

Come try an array of high-powered healing balms, facial, and body care formulas.
Good Medicine Beauty LabTake a look at the Good Medicine website and explore the world of wild desert artisan skincare: GoodMedicineBeautyLab.com

Kayenta residents can shop online and receive the 40% off discount & free shipping!

All are welcome! We can’t wait to meet you!

Good Medicine Beauty Lab, 877 Coyote Gulch Ct., Suite A
If you walk through the breezeway between Juniper Sky and The Metal Gallery we are on the left (Terry’s old office)

Petite Feast Supper Club • July 23, 2017

Summer is meant for relaxing and this month’s dinner doesn’t disappoint!  Heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, blackberries and fresh herbs are featured in this tasty dinner. Celebrate with old friends or make new ones seated around a communal table while you enjoy this delightful menu. Hope to see you here. ~ Victoria

“Wow – that was over the top!  What a wonderful evening… Nancie and I wanted to thank you for the warm hospitality, the amazing food and that feeling of being more connected to our neighbors here in Kayenta.  You’re a gifted chef, but there’s more to it than that.  You have a wonderful energy which was part of the whole experience.”
~ Jesse Erlich

Petite Feast Supper Club photosAbout Petite Feast Supper Club: After 30 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuver hour followed by a multi course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party and cooking class.  And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests!

Events will be announced monthly through her invitation list. Pricing for each event varies. The next event is scheduled for June 25th. Click here for more information, menu and to purchase tickets: http://petitefeastutah.com/about-petite-feast/petite-feast-dinner-club/



Sunday July 23, 2017









The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan • Phone: 435-652-8333 • email: arneen@infowest.com

~ Roger Head ~

Although we are experiencing summer temperatures early this year we hope you will take the time to stroll through the arboretum gardens to see how well the plants of the desert adapt to the heat.  Construction of the connection between the Arboretum and the Desert Rose Labyrinth has taken a pause due to the heat and the long awaited sewer line project on Kayenta Parkway.  This spring we planted a number of desert plants along the route.  Thanks to a number of volunteers who are hand watering them, they will survive until the project is completed this fall.of the volunteers who have devoted many hours to the project.  Without this volunteer effort, this project would not have been possible.

For more information, contact Roger Head 632-1814 ● rbh@mtaonline.net.

~ A Collaborative Effort ~

Landscape committe header

Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.


If you have an article you would like us to consider for this new section in the Kayenta Newsletter please contact Sueann Skudlarczyk at saskud@gmail.com.

TRIPS AND TRAILS ~ Charles Dillier ~

Taking the summer off. Our trips will resume this fall.  Charles Dillier, 656-1956.

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Ivins City

Ivins City information can be found on their website at www.ivins.com

Dave the Date: Ivins Heritage Days Celebration, September 8 & 9, 2017

Introducing the New Snow Canyon Cafe at Tuacahn

Snow Canyon CafeChef Tracey Berry brings her culinary skills to this incredible location to create a fresh, delicious, casual cafe experience at the edge of Snow Canyon State Park and Tuacahn Center for the Arts. You can park your bike and dust off your hiking boots or just stroll up the iconic Tuacahn plaza stairway to enjoy an indoor / outdoor eatery like no other.
Please visit www.snowcanyoncafe.com for menu options.

Open Year-Round
Mon – Fri: 11 am – 8 pm • Sat: 9 am – 8 pm • Closed Sundays


Desert Dew Drops“Desert Dew Drops”
Your Local Plant Shoppe

The opening weekend will be July 21 to 23, 2017
Thank you for your patience. The little shoppe’s owner Deanna Morales is finding this more interesting and exciting by transforming the space into several individual yet related venues. With the help of Megan Thompson the shoppe has become a light airy space. Developing themes around plant and plant based items with conservation of the desert in mind, a wealth of interesting products for women and men will be available for purchase.

There will be more information to follow through Next Door Neighbor or you can call or email Deanna.

Deanna Morales
Desert Dew Drops
Kayenta Art Village

Gallery 873To our Kayenta Connection Readers.

Visit Gallery 873 to receive 10% off selected pieces

Cherie & George Stoddard, Owners • Gallery 873
873 Coyote Gulch Ct. Ivins, UT 84738 • 435-673-6628
Ivins • Southern Utah’s Red Rock Destination

Crescent Moon InnCome Stay In Kayenta!

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. Relax and enjoy the picturesque desert surroundings and an unobstructed view of the night sky. The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Crescent Moon Inn Reservations or Pricing call: 435-879-9076

or visit us at www.crescentmooninn.com

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Elevate Fitness

Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering private, semi-private and group training workouts.

“My workouts are targeted, customized programs based on you or your groups fitness level and goals.  Perfect for groups of friends, co-workers, athletes or those wanting to join a smaller more focused group for their workouts.” Contact the studio for scheduling and pricing.

Elevate has been providing fitness expertise to the Kayenta Community and beyond since 2013. The studio space is also available for rental for workshops, trainings and other events.  Inquiries are welcome.

Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast! E L E V A T E
For more information visit: johnyohmanfitnessretreats.com.

Inquiries can be directed to John Yohman, Owner
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com

Yoga ClassFitness Yoga with Kayenta resident Christy Lueders

Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:45 to 10am. These 75 minute sessions emphasize breathing, strength, flexibility, and balance. The level is intermediate. The style is hatha flow. The location is the Room for Thought, a multi-purpose room in Kayenta’s Art Village. If you would like to join in the fun, please call first at 435-673-3469.

Village Fitness Center

The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($3 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun. Drop in some morning or contact Gloria Prahl at gmp@infowest.com or call 435-674-2824 or 435-669-0430.

Sacred Space Spa Your neighborhood day spa and yoga studio.

Sacred Space is a boutique-like day spa offering world renowned spa treatments as well as a wonderful selection of products, books, teas, and gifts. All spa treatments are performed by licensed professional therapists and estheticians that have been extensively trained and are extremely talented body workers and healers.

Find Your JOY Yoga Classes. Space is limited. Contact Aly for details and for sign up info. 435-863-7743.

  • Tuesdays 9:30~10:30am Beginner/Level 1 Class
  • Thursdays 9:30-10:30am Intermediate/Level 2 Class

Yoga Class Pricing • $15 per class or buy punch card for $75. Buy 5 get the 6th class free! (makes them $12.50 per class)

For more information on our services, pricing and monthly discounts visit our website at www.kayentaspa.com

Your neighborhood day spa and yoga studio. Tel: 435-862-7743 Sacredspacespa@gmail.com.


Staying Put in Kayenta

We will be taking the summer off like so many of you but we wanted to let you know that we are already planning for the fall presentations.  So mark your calendar.  Next month we will be sending out information for seminars for October, November and December but remember we are always the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

Contact StayingPutKayenta@gmail.com for information.


Do you ever ask yourself…What can I do to create a zone of peace in the world?

New Class Starting September 6, 2017

If your answer is YES join our Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Class

This class will introduce you to Buddhism, a 2,500 year old spiritual tradition, one that has the potential to change how you live your life so that you can bring more peace, loving kindness, compassion and joy to our world.

You will learn to do a daily spiritual practice that you can take anywhere with you. We will study Buddhist literature and key themes in Buddhist philosophy and develop a meditation practice that includes chanted prayers, mantras and visualizations.

  • Cost: $60 for the entire 8 week course, students must purchase a copy of our text: Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
  • When: Wednesdays, from 6-7:30 pm; September 6 – October  25, 2017
  • Where: Room for Thought at the Kayenta Art Village, in Ivins, UT
  • Preparation: Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring your meditation cushion if you prefer to sit on one; otherwise, chairs will be provided.

For registration and more Information contact: Kathi Fox at: kathifox@mac.com

This class is limited to just ten students so sign up today.

This class will be taught by E. Kay Barickman, Ph.D. Kay is an ordained Zen monk, and she has taken refuge in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages. She has studied Buddhism for 19 years, and is offering this class with the guidance and blessings of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche, founder of Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa temple.


~ Connie Butterfield ~

Ivins no-kill animal supporters

Since 2010 the primary focus of INKAS (Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters) has been and continues to be the health and welfare of the animals at the Ivins Animal Shelter.  In implementing our “focus” INKAS strives to cultivate the resources necessary to provide food, supplies, veterinary care, grooming, socialization and training for the animals, and to assist with shelter improvements.  This past Spring INKAS sponsored two successful fundraising events in Ivins and Santa Clara.  The money raised is being used to fund existing programs and it is also allowing INKAS to explore and implement new programs to better assist homeless animals in Ivins, Santa Clara and Southern UT.

In May and June the Ivins Animal Shelter rescued dozens of kittens and is now working hard to find them their forever homes.  When taking in these adorable felines the Shelter noticed an increase in the number of kittens coming from the Kayenta area.  To help control the cat population the Shelter is asking all residents of Ivins and Santa Clara to take note of any cat that seems to be living independently in their neighborhood.  If the cat has a tipped ear than that cat has been through the Shelter’s TNR Program (Trap, Neuter(spay) and Release).  If the cat does not have a tipped ear than please contact the Ivins Animal Shelter at:  435-628-1049.

The ultimate goal of the Ivins Animal Shelter and of INKAS is to end homelessness.  To assist those animals looking for their forever homes we have highlighted some of the Shelter’s current residents.

Looking for forever homes:

Wally the CatCharlotte the dog

The Ivins Animal Shelter

Stacey Trujillo, Manager: 435-628-1049

Monday – Saturday:  8AM – 3PM
Sunday:  CLOSED

INKAS contact info: Connie Butterfield 435-817-1616

Inkas4pets@gmail.com. You can also check us out on Facebook.

NEXTDOOR KAYENTA ~ Nathan Dupre & Kathi Fox ~

Nextdoor is a completely private on-line web-site environment and we now have ONE Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhood with two leaders Nathan Dupre and Kathi Fox. If you would like to join go to: www.nextdoor.com/join/VZBZAH.


Friends of Snow Canyon is on a Summer Break. We hope you have a great summer. Please check  back in late August for specific details regarding our upcoming member events.

Here is a sneak preview for 2017/2018 !

  • September: Astronomy: The Stars over Snow Canyon AND National Public Lands Volunteer Event
  • October: Gold Butte: A visual tour of Nevada’s newest National Monument
  • November: Annual Meeting and Social Event
  • January: The Amazing World of Lichen
  • February: Raptor & Predators of Snow Canyon
  • March: Red Cliff Desert Reserve
  • April: Guided Hikes: Wildflower Hike AND Medicinal Plants Hike
  • May: Guided Hike: The geology of Snow Canyon

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site www.friendsofsnowcanyon.org or e-mail us at friendsofsnowcanyon@gmail.com. “Like” us on www.facebook.com/ FriendsofSnowCanyon

Note:  Johnson Canyon trail is closed to the general public from Mar. 15- Sept. 15 unless individuals are participating in a ranger-led program.


“Art is a series of trial and error, of discovery and hope, and determination”

Classes Run for Six Weeks.
You will be able to sign up for another six weeks if you choose to continue.

PLACE • New Office, Fire, and Maintenance building in the Art Village
TIME • Mon. or Tues. from 10 AM to 1PM
PRICE • $210 per 6 week session (Six classes)
INSTRUCTOR • Sherrie Warren
BACKGROUND • Bachelor Fine Arts. Taught for 10 years. Worked in acrylics, oils, and pastels.

CALL TO RESERVE SPACE OR TO SIGN UP. HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616


Uncork Your Own Inner Artist!

Thursday nights and private parties. $35 for canvas, paint & a 2 hour class. Go home with your own acrylic painting. Bring a beverage, soda to wine. Have fun with friends!

Caroll Shreeve, BS in Art with 20 years teaching K to 12; Weber SU.
Works with kids age 6 to adults and private lessons.
CONTACT • 435-632-6463

OPEN STUDIO • Wednesday 11 – 3, COST $10
Bring your own medium. Kathy Heiner 435-669-8701

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Trips & Trails
For more details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956.

Group play is every day of the week but Sunday and the starting time changes with the season.  For more info, call Rick Erickson at 435-674-4972.

Kayenta Book Lovers
Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact:   A useful resource for any reader: https://sites.google.com/site/kayentabookclub/

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church
Every Sunday at 3 pm in Kayenta’s Room for Thought. For details contact Katie Mays at 435-628-3552. www.spiritepiscopalchurch.org.

The Red Cliff Tibetan Buddhist Sangha Green Tara Practice
Sundays at 10 – 11am in Kayenta’s Room for Thought at the Kayenta Art Village. The Green Tara Practice will begin with a teaching from Buddhist literature, followed by the chanting of prayers and the Green Tara mantra. The practice will conclude with a period of silent meditation. Preparation: Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring your meditation cushion if you prefer to sit on one; otherwise, chairs will be provided. A suggested donation of $5, would be greatly appreciated. For more Information visit: http://kayenta.info/RedCliffSangha

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